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Eliminating preliminary hearings isn’t the answer to court delays

By Ian M. Carter March 14, 2017 14 March 2017

Eliminating preliminary hearings isn’t the answer to court delays

 

That old saw about hammers and nails also holds true for scissors: that is, when you think your only tool is a pair of scissors, it will look like cuts are the solution to every problem.

But often cuts, however justifiable they seem in the moment, can end up creating more problems down the road than they were supposed to solve.

AGs in two provinces are now suggesting an end to preliminary hearings as a way to solve problems of delays in criminal courts. The need to find a solution to court delays has been under the spotlight following last year’s Supreme Court decision in Jordan, with reports of criminal cases being stayed or thrown out because it has taken too long for the case to get to court.

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